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Rove Exposed: How Bush's Brain Fooled America

ISBN: 978-0-471-78708-2
240 pages
November 2005
Rove Exposed: How Bush
With Bush as President, many suspect that the most powerful individual in the US is Karl Rove. Although Rove is officially listed as White House Senior Advisor, responsible for managing the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the White House, he is, in fact, Bush's chief political strategist and his "political brain." Rove's hand is seen in virtually every presidential decision -- whether it involves steel import tariffs, extending the war on terrorism, the tax cut, the Middle East crisis or the environment.

James Moore and Wayne Slater, the veteran journalists who wrote Bush’s Brain, have written a new, updated version of their original book, ROVE EXPOSED: How Bush’s Brain Fooled America. This engaging book offers readers a condensed version of Bush’s Brain, plus new material highlighting Karl Rove’s political maneuverings since the last presidential election.

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Foreword.

Introduction: King Karl or Mr. Co-President?

1. Off to The Show.

2. Consultant, Bug Thyself.

3. Politically Paranormal.

4. Livin’ with the Long Knives.

5. Running for Cover.

6. Proof of Performance.

7. The Boy Who Forgot to Be a Boy.

8. Gone to Texas.

9. Refining the Crude.

10. To the Victor.

11. Contests Without Rules.

12. Product Launch

13. Everything Matters.

14. Whose Dream Is This, Anyway?

15. Rovian Cancer.

Notes.

Index.

About the Author.

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James C. Moore is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, and Bush’s War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People. A documentary film about his first book, “Bush’s Brain,” was made and appeared in theatres in major U.S. cities. He is an Emmy award-winning former television news correspondent who has traveled on every presidential campaign since 1976 and was a full-time correspondent on the Bush campaign. Moore’s numerous professional honors include the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association and the Individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliners’ Foundation. He has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN’s American Morning, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and numerous other television programs.

Wayne Slater is Senior Political Writer for The Dallas Morning News. He was appointed after serving 15 years as Austin bureau chief. He has appeared on numerous network television shows and is co-author of the bestseller, Bush’s Brain. Slater traveled for 16 months covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He has covered every Republican and Democratic national convention since 1988. He has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Crossfire and Inside Politics, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, C-Span, National Public Radio and Fox News’ The Beltway Boys and The O’Reilly Factor.

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Now we know: Karl Rove "is the co-president of the United States." (And you thought it was Dick Cheney.) "Karl Rove thinks it, and George W. Bush does it," write James Moore and Wayne Slater in Rove Exposed: How Bush's Brain Fooled America, an update of their bestselling Bush's Brain. In the latest attempt to understand the political mastermind who gives liberals the vapors, Moore (a TV news correspondent) and Slater (Austin, Tex., bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News) go through a laundry list of Rove's alleged wrongdoing: that while running a Texas gubernatorial campaign, he may have planted a bug in his own office to cast suspicion on the opposing candidate; that he had a pet FBI agent open investigations of top Democratic officials in Texas at key moments in elections; that he held "dirty trick seminars" on campaign espionage for fellow College Republicans; that he told Robert Novak that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA. (Oh wait, that was Official A.) Rove, they conclude, is one bad dude: "If Karl Rove were not sitting in his office in the White House, there might have been no war in Iraq; there would be underprivileged children still attending Head Start programs . . . there would be low income families getting health care . . . there would be competitive bidding on contracts to rebuild Iraq instead of delivery of deals to Halliburton . . . there would have been no California recall . . . there would be a complete and honest report from the 9/11 Commission . . . there would be real funding for Homeland Security's First Responders [and] there would even be more people with jobs." And every night, the Tooth Fairy would fill your pillow with gold doubloons.
Rachel Hartigan Shea (The Washington Post's "Book World " section, November 6, 2005)
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